In my last article I shared some techniques for identifying and fixing problems that were getting in the way of your business agility. This is something every modern organisation needs to tackle if they want to remain competitive in our digital age.

In my last article I discussed the difficulties of introducing agile at scale using 'out of the box' frameworks; that it is a misconception that these frameworks will solve your agile scaling problems.

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So are you trying to scale Agile? Join everyone else. And of course, vendors are queuing up to help you do it. Going for the SAFe Scaled Agile Framework? Or perhaps you’re implementing the Spotify Model or Large Scale Scrum (LeSS). There are plenty to choose from.

 

More classic software delivery mistakes that have stood the test of time!

The thing about really well-formed cunning mistakes is that they  keep being made over and over again. We are all familiar with the character in the horror film who time and time again ignores the obvious warning signs and edges closer towards greater danger. Why don't they run away! I have a few personal recurring mistakes, such as always thinking that there is plenty of time left to do the Christmas shopping, and forgetting to turn the thermostat down when toasting tea cakes!

Yet another security breach hits the headlines. And boy this was a big one! Turns out that 1bn accounts were compromised in 2013. How Yahoo has kept this under the radar must be a feat of world-class information security management! So they must be getting something right. Or perhaps they just didn’t know? Yeah, right.

Call me old fashioned - and many people do - but  I'm a great believer in  people.  I tend to ignore  roles, titles and  rank and look for the person and what they can do.  I'm a big Agile fan, but  I am getting increasingly concerned about the  fixed nature  of roles that  are developing  and are being demanded for in scrum teams, and it  all feels slightly un-agile-ish.  

After decades of learning, why are software projects still making the same old (36) mistakes?

Traditional wisdom tells us that you have to create the right environment for learning. Leafy off-sites are favoured with the aim to get people ‘away from the office’ and free from distractions. But in the age of smartphones and digital collaboration, people are never away from work. Trainers struggle to keep their delegates focused. The only talking you hear in coffee breaks is the chatter of mobile phone conversations. Classes are only partially filled as they re-start. And as the day wears on, the yawns get longer and louder. For courses longer than a day there’s the additional problem of morning hangovers and post-breakfast energy crash!

After a huge surge in their share price, Nintendo issued a profit warning today! Turns out they haven’t seen how to make their new sensation a commercial hit too. What an amazing missed opportunity. But, if Nintendo are not going to do it, let me tell you how you can.

Have you noticed everyone staring at their phones in an unusual way recently?  They aren't checking their Facebook posts any more, they're more likely playing   Pokemon Go! It's the latest game to hit everyone's smartphone - but this one is different.

I have had a number of conversations over the last few months with people who have experienced the demise or watering down of innovation departments in large corporations. It seems that whilst CEOs and their teams recognise the value of innovation, their ability to nurture it continues to elude them.

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